A lot of people are starting to think West Virginia could be a very interesting state.
But, a lot of them are missing out.
Read moreThe West Virginia primary, scheduled for May 8, is shaping up to be a real race.
It’s being touted as a “battle” between Democratic Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican nominee Joe Manchin.
It has become the first national presidential primary contest in the state since 1968.
As it turns out, Tomblin is a fairly conservative Republican who wants to keep the oil boom going.
He wants to make West Virginia more of a driver of jobs and growth, not a place where we’re going to be importing our jobs.
The governor is in a tough spot.
He’s running a Democratic state that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 and has been a battleground state for months, but his Democratic challenger is a former mayor and congressman who’s trying to take on the incumbent.
Tomblin is leading by about 10,000 votes in the race, according to The Associated Press, and he’s on track to win with about 70 percent of the vote.
He won the state in 2012 and 2016.
But he’s also facing criticism from a number of progressive groups for being too liberal.
He has a progressive-leaning administration, a history of making controversial moves, and his biggest hurdle is the governor’s history of supporting anti-gay laws that have drawn criticism from his party.
But Tomblin’s opponents are trying to paint him as a liberal in a red state who wants his oil boom to continue.
The West Virginia Primary is shaping as a battle between two Republicans.
The state’s first primary, which has drawn the biggest media attention and the largest voter turnout, will feature two candidates.
Tomblin, the longest-serving governor in West Virginians history, is running for a second term.
Manchin is a veteran of the Obama administration and the party establishment, and they’re both running on a platform of economic growth, social justice and job creation.
While it’s still too early to tell how the race will turn out, it’s not impossible to predict who will emerge as the nominee, given the high stakes and the potential to shape the country.
Both candidates have their strengths.TOMBLIN: We’re a state where we’ve had a lot to do with economic growth.
And we’re not going to do that any more.
We’re going after the economic forces that are driving economic change.
Manchin: We have to be willing to fight for the American Dream and that includes the jobs of the future.
Read MoreTombly is well known in the Democratic party and in West Virgina for being a strong advocate for environmental protection.
Manuchin, on the other hand, is a staunch supporter of the coal industry.
He has been critical of Trump’s stance on climate change.
“We’ve got a lot in common.
We’ve got to look out for the environment and the coal companies, but we have a lot that’s different,” Tomblin said at a recent rally.
Manchin has made a name for himself as a hard-charging, combative governor, often using a colorful phrase for West Virginian jobs.
He was the first to pass a law restricting public workers from driving on private property to protest a coal mine closure.
His campaign has been accused of using fake websites to falsely advertise jobs.
Tomelin is known for taking tough stances on the environment, including passing a law in 2016 that banned the dumping of mercury into waterways.
He also supported legislation that increased the legal drinking age for adults to 21, even as West Virginia’s population increased and the state was becoming more urbanized.
The race is a very close race.
Manochin leads by a lot, but Tomblin has a lead in recent polls.
But there are a number differences in their policies.
For example, Tomblins environmental agenda has been more focused on protecting the environment than Manchins.
He says that while coal is a vital part of the economy, he supports efforts to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.
Manichins environmental record is a bit more mixed, although he has supported some of the most controversial anti-coal legislation in recent years, including the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s proposal to reduce coal production by a third from 2005 levels by 2020.
“Tomblins coal plan is a lot more conservative,” said Brian Brown, executive director of West Virginia Progress, a liberal group that backs Manchin in the primary.
“The coal industry is the engine of our economy, but if they can’t afford to invest in clean coal technology, we’re in trouble.”
Tombli has called for a ban on fracking and has pledged to reduce West Virginia state taxes by 25 percent.
Manrich also wants to limit the amount of carbon pollution that West Virginias air pollution causes.